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In Years Past

October 14, 2012
The Post-Journal

In 1912, Frank W. Stevens, chairman of the public service commission, had a conference in Jamestown with Morgan D. Evans, who was managing the Jamestown, Chautauqua & Lake Erie Railroad, relative to the recent complaint of unsatisfactory train service. The railroad did not run any morning passenger train out of Jamestown. As a consequence, the mails for the post offices on the east side of the lake did not get there in time for the rural delivery the same day. The contention of the railroad was that if another train was put in commission an entire train crew would have to be employed and that the revenue from the service would not pay the expenses. The contention of the complainants was that the railroad company had a contract to carry the mails and it was in duty bound to give a service that was reasonably good.



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